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Muthaland

written and performed by Minita Gandhi
Directed by Heidi Stillman
August 31 – October 7, 2017
Thursdays & Fridays @ 7:30 PM
Saturdays @ 5:00 PM and 8:00 PM

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The life of a young Indian-American woman is forever changed when, on a retreat to her homeland, she unearths family secrets, encounters a prophet, and ultimately discovers her own voice within a culture of silence. The familiar and the foreign swap roles in this true story of a quest for love, the fight for truth, and what happens when your mom finds your vibrator.

In 2014, while foraging through her parents’ basement, Minita discovered her father’s worn suitcase from his very first journey to the United States, with a single statement scribbled in black Sharpie: “When I die, discard this bag if you like, until then it stays.” This sparked a curiosity leading to vulnerable interviews where her parents shared stories from their history they had never spoken of before. By weaving their stories with her own life-changing journey to India in 2009 for her brother’s arranged marriage, Muthaland shares the magic of her journey to India, full of prophets, ritual, and the convergence of American and Indian cultures.

After the first table read of Muthaland in 2015, a documentary entitled “India’s Daughter,” from BBC about the fatal gang rape of a young woman in New Delhi was banned because the Indian government felt it would “defame” India. Minita could no longer treat the topic of sexual violence as a “bad dream.” It is Minita’s hope that Muthaland will bring love, laughter, hope to the community and bridge cultural and generational gaps regarding the culture of silence surrounding sexual assault and cultural identity.

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Moderated post-show dialogues follow Thursday and Friday performances.

MinitaGandhi
Minita Gandhi
Writer/Performer